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Exclusive Interview: Cult Filmmaker and Producer Wayne Crawford (Part Two)

Part two of our intimate interview with the late filmmaker Wayne Crawford. A true independent filmmaker who always saw himself as a leading man, Wayne Crawford wrote, produced, directed, and starred in a number of projects, several of which became bona fide cult films and even fan favorites. Sadly, Mr. Crawford passed away on April…

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Exclusive Interview: Cult Filmmaker and Producer Wayne Crawford (Part One)

Shock is proud to present this interview with the late, great filmmaker Wayne Crawford. A true independent filmmaker who always saw himself as a leading man, Wayne Crawford wrote, produced, directed, and starred in a number of projects, several of which became bona fide cult films and even fan favorites. He started out scrounging…

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Wayne Crawford Dies; Actor, Writer & Producer Co-Scripted ‘Valley Girl’

Wayne Crawford, an actor, writer, director and producer whose credits include co-scripting the 1983 comedy Valley Girl and creating the FX documentary series Okavango: The Wild Frontier, died Saturday at his home in Winston-Salem, Nc. He was 69. A native of Geneva, NY, Crawford began acting off-Broadway and in touring stage productions. While working in Florida, he met Andy Lane, and they began a long partnership that resulted in numerous indie pics including Trial by Terr…
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Wayne Crawford Dies; Actor, Writer & Producer Co-Scripted ‘Valley Girl’

Wayne Crawford Dies; Actor, Writer & Producer Co-Scripted ‘Valley Girl’
Wayne Crawford, an actor, writer, director and producer whose credits include co-scripting the 1983 comedy Valley Girl and creating the FX documentary series Okavango: The Wild Frontier, died Saturday at his home in Winston-Salem, Nc. He was 69. A native of Geneva, NY, Crawford began acting off-Broadway and in touring stage productions. While working in Florida, he met Andy Lane, and they began a long partnership that resulted in numerous indie pics including Trial by Terr…
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Wayne Crawford, ‘Valley Girl’ Producer, Dies at 69

Wayne Crawford, ‘Valley Girl’ Producer, Dies at 69
Wayne Crawford, who produced indie hits including “Valley Girl” and “Night of the Comet” and acted in dozens of films and TV shows, died April 30 in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was 69 and had been ill for some time, according to a colleague, Gregory Small.

The 1983 “Valley Girl,” which he also wrote, was directed by Martha Coolidge and starred a punky Nicolas Cage with Deborah Foreman. The film included a New Wave greatest hits soundtrack, but notably didn’t include the Frank Zappa song “Valley Girl,” which Zappa would not allow.

His other films as producer included “Peacemaker” and “Mortal Passions.” As an actor, he appeared in the TV series “American Heart” and “Okavango” and made numerous guest appearances.

Born in Geneva, New York, Crawford began his career as an actor in New York, working Off-Broadway and on truck and bus tours around America. While acting in a low-budget movie in South Florida,
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Exploitation Alley: Barracuda

The question I sometimes ask myself while watching films that contain vicious fish or animals is “Why am I watching this?” However, good or bad, we can all agree that they are downright entertaining. During this film, the question I asked myself was “Why haven’t I seen this before?” The title caught my attention because I am a fan of the song by Heart, and I also had the song stuck in my head for a majority of the film, and after reading this it might stay stuck in your head as well. Don’t let that take away from the experience you are about to receive from watching this gem of a film, so brace yourselves for the cheesy, yet somehow well done tale of fish gone terribly wrong, it’s time for ooooooh Barracuda.

Released in 1978, Barracuda was directed by both Harry Kerwin and Wayne Crawford. The first impression this films gives,
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Revolt of Nature Horror Films: The Must-Sees

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Writer Lee Gambin calls them Natural Horror films, other writers call them Revenge of Nature or Nature Run Amok films and writer Charles Derry considers them a type of Apocalyptic Cinema.

Of course we’re speaking of one of the great horror subgenres for which we’ll employ writer Kim Newman’s tag: The Revolt of Nature.

Since the end of the 1990s, lovers of animal attack films have been subjected to copious amounts of uninspired Nu Image, Syfy Channel and Syfy Channel-like dreck like Silent Predators (1999), Maneater (2007) Croc (2007), Grizzly Rage (2007) and a stunning amount of terrible shark attack films to name a few that barely scratch the surface of a massive list.

These movies fail miserably to capture the intensity of the unforgettable films they are imitating and the recent wave seems to carry with it the intent of giving the Revolt of Nature horror film a bad name.
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Jason Moore to Direct Valley Girl Redo

Jason Moore will make his directorial debut with MGM's re-imagining of Valley Girl as a musical feature. Amy Talkington's updated screenplay spurred studio head Mary Parent and the first-time filmmaker to move on it quickly, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Idealogy's Sean Bailey and Matt Smith, who are producing, pitched MGM last summer on their fresh approach to revamping the 1983 cult comedy, which starred Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman in a romance that bridged the '80s punk scene and suburban San Fernando Valley culture.

Valley Girl has been recast as a Romeo and Juliet-inspired musical built around the movie's new wave soundtrack (think Modern English, Sparks and the Psychedelic Furs). Martha Coolidge directed the original script written and produced by Wayne Crawford and Andrew Lane.

No production date has been set.
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'Valley Girl' redux set

'Valley Girl' redux set
"Shrek: The Musical" director Jason Moore has signed to helm MGM's re-imagining of "Valley Girl" as a musical feature. Amy Talkington's updated screenplay spurred studio head Mary Parent and the first-time filmmaker to move on it quickly.

Idealogy's Sean Bailey and Matt Smith, who are producing, pitched MGM last summer on their fresh approach to revamping the 1983 cult comedy, which starred Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman in a romance that bridged the '80s punk scene and suburban San Fernando Valley culture. MGM exec Becky Sloviter is shepherding the project for the studio.

"Valley Girl" has been recast as a "Romeo and Juliet"-inspired musical built around the movie's new wave soundtrack (think Modern English, Sparks and the Psychedelic Furs). Martha Coolidge directed the original script written and produced by Wayne Crawford and Andrew Lane.

The '80s archeology is part of MGM's strategy to repackage classic catalog
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MGM develops musical 'Valley Girl'

MGM develops musical 'Valley Girl'
"Like, gag me with a dance number ..."

Yes, MGM, as part of its aggressive reharvesting of its back catalog, is developing a musical feature version of the 1983 comedy "Valley Girl." And it's, like, totally raiding the old '80s cassettes for the songbook.

Idealogy's Sean Bailey and Matt Smith delivered the novel twist on the cult comedy. Bailey will produce, Smith will executive produce. MGM vp production Becky Sloviter will oversee the project for the studio.

Martha Coolidge directed the original gnarly laffer about the mixed-clique relationship between a punk (Nicolas Cage) and a Valley girl (Deborah Foreman). It was written and produced by Wayne Crawford and Andrew Lane, and it showcased a distinctive New Wave soundtrack that included Modern English and the Psychedelic Furs.

The year before it hit theaters, Frank Zappa released a hit song called "Valley Girl" that featured his 14-year-old daughter Moon Unit spouting the San Fernando Valley lingo. (Zappa later tried to sue the production, but lost.) The stereotype of the spoiled, slangy blonde illustrated by the movie lived on in everything from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" to Cher in "Clueless" and Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde."

The update will graft the Romeo and Juliet-style narrative of the original into a musical colored by reimagined classic '80s tunes.

While MGM has been developing a remake of "Fame," this marks the first foray into musical terrain for new worldwide motion picture group chairman Mary Parent. Though it might be a strain to imagine this effort on the shelf next to classic MGM musicals "An American in Paris," "Singin' in the Rain" and "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," such modern musical hybrids as "Moulin Rouge" and "Once" have updated the potential appeal of the old format.

Bailey, a "Project Greenlight" veteran, most recently produced Ben Affleck's directorial debut, "Gone Baby Gone," for Miramax. He also has "Tron" sequel, "Sabbatical" and "Liberty" in development at Buena Vista. Idealogy is repped by Endeavor.
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